"I today decided to bid farewell to the world of fashion I have so loved."
— Yves Saint Laurent, retiring,Jan. 7
"A lot of top models who were doing anti-fur campaigns are now wearing it. I have nothing against fake fur, but I think sable is better. There’s something sensual about it."
— Karl Lagerfeld, Jan. 30
"All I know is that this world has lost the best pair of legs that ever existed."
— Carmen Dell’Orefice about fellow model
Jean Patchett, in Patchett’s obituary, Feb. 1
"I’ve always believed that timing is everything, and I got out at the right time."
— Bill Blass, Feb. 6
"The forces of darkness have united."
— Erik Autor, National Retail Federation, reacting to word of a new textile coalition being formed, March 12
"When Santa Monica Place opened, Jim Rouse, of the Rouse Co.…was so proud of that shopping center.…We were walking around Santa Monica Place together when it first opened, [and] some young lady came up to us and said, ‘Are you guys honchos?’ Jim looked at her and said, ‘This is Mr. Gehry, this is the great architect who designed this center.’ And she looked at me and said, ‘Well, I have one question: Where the f***’s the bathroom?’"
— Frank Gehry, March 29
"If you consider the workers inside this company, and if we could accelerate our improvement, we could really be a successful company someday. I mean that."
— H. Lee Scott Jr., Wal-Mart, May 22
"I’m very proud that I was able to dress America in great looking apparel and accessories for so many years. I don’t know if any company or brand could say that."
— Millard "Mickey" Drexler, May 22
"At the five-year mark, I looked at our Gucci stores and I thought that we had done something potentially iconic."— Tom Ford, Sept. 5
"It’s very clear. I rarely meet people wearing my clothes in the street."— Yohji Yamamoto, June 3
"I don’t care how much your newspaper says the power suit is out — it is not out."— Joan Collins, Sept. 19
"The whole point of design is to make people feel better about themselves. Fashion is one of the professions that accomplishes that. Medicine, acting and psychiatry do also."
— Geoffrey Beene, Oct. 25
"I do think it would be great if Martha Stewart could show some humor…Get her a writer from ‘Saturday Night Live’ to do a sketch with her stomach hanging out at a Hamptons horse show. She needs something to say that could ironize her position."
— Tina Brown, Nov. 1
"After Hong Kong, we have important retail projects in Shanghai, which I view as the city of the future.…This city has enormous potential."
— Giorgio Armani, Nov. 1
"Feminism? I don’t want to judge it as a political movement, but from a fashion standpoint, it’s horrible."
— Roberto Cavalli, Nov. 4
"I rarely look at my stock. It’s not what motivates me. If I make $100,000 in a day, I don’t care; if I lose $100,000 in a day, I care about that."
— Ralph Lauren, Nov. 18
"Long before the Taliban was putting women in burkas in Kabul, we were there copying their peasant look and selling it to Bendel’s and Bloomingdale’s. I went from Kabul to cable and never looked back."
— Tom Freston, MTV, Nov. 18
"China is the world factory but it is also one of the world’s largest consumer markets. There are very few companies that I work with on the export side who have not asked me, ‘What’s happening with China and is China going to be so important that we’d better be there?’"— William K. Fung, Li & Fung, Nov. 18
"I think I just want to be alive rather than dead…either you change or you’re dead."
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)